Emergency vehicle manufacturer, Venari Group – based in Brighouse – has invested £400,000 in new machinery in an effort to advance its manufacturing quality, ability and capacity. Following a successful launch into the emergency services market in early 2020, Venari has bought the automated equipment in a bid for growth, amid the challenges brought on by COVID-19. The significant investment represents a CNC router – capable of precisely cutting sheets of metal from CAD drawings – as well as press brakes and edge banders. The equipment will allow Venari to fulfil high-quality production finishes over large quantities, without outsourcing production. For example, it will see Venari’s experienced team manufacturing bodies from raw material, whilst driving significant improvements in light-weighting, which has huge environmental impacts. Reduced costs and lead times Customers will also experience reduced costs and lead times – and it will lead to subsequent drives in local recruitment. Venari CEO, Oliver North, commented: “We’re in the midst of the most challenging economic period that many of us have faced in our careers to-date, but nevertheless – we must move forward. The recent challenges in the global supply chain means that maximal self-sufficiency is key, to ensure that we can maintain production for our emergency services throughout their most challenging period.” “We’re also more acutely aware that we must manufacture more in the UK than ever before, to drive employment and economic recovery as much as possible, and this investment shows the respect we have for our market and the economy as a whole. We’re satisfied that we’re doing ‘our bit’ in assisting economic recovery.” Ambulance deliveries to the NHS As a key supplier to the UK’s emergency services, Venari has been one of few manufacturers to maintain production during the Covid-19 lockdown – concentrating on ambulance deliveries to the NHS – whilst maintaining maximum protection for its workforce. Oliver finished: “Since the Covid outbreak, our team at Venari has taken strides forward in culture, togetherness and sheer work ethic. To now back up this unrivalled passion we have for manufacturing, with an increase in self-sufficiency and capability moves us in front of our continental European rivals, which is no mean feat. And to be able to compete with global industry leaders, means we can prove a strong case to manufacture all taxpayer-funded assets right here in the UK.”
Venari Group has confirmed a major exclusive partnership agreement for the firefighting sector, with one of the helmet manufacturers, SCHUBERTH. SCHUBERTH is a famous, 90-year old, manufacturer of safety helmets for motorcyclists and motorsport, including Formula One. For decades, it has also been one of the most popular helmets among German motorcyclists. And having produced EN 443-certified firefighting helmets for over 50 years, the company has selected recently launched Venari Group as its UK and Ireland distributor. Firefighting equipment sales Simultaneously, Venari announces the activation of a new firefighting equipment sales, service, and customer support division, to drive product quality and aftercare into the challenging firefighting sector. Venari Group CEO, Oliver North, said: “Pre-Venari, the team and I have supplied firefighting equipment to fire brigades since 2008, including over 80% of the current UK firefighter helmets. So, the partnership with SCHUBERTH was a very natural one. The activation of our firefighting equipment department further solidifies our intention of being a high performing supplier to the UK fire and rescue market whilst continuing to build our emergency vehicle range to the highest quality possible.” Structural firefighting PPE The UK fire and rescue service are equipped to a very high standard in terms of structural firefighting PPE" SCHUBERTH is a company committed to researching and developing materials to withstand the toughest of environments. Oliver continued: “Our partnership will concentrate on SCHUBERTH’s truly incredible F300 helmet. The UK fire and rescue service are equipped to a very high standard in terms of structural firefighting PPE, but with more frequent wildland firefighting, RTC’s and water rescues, the F300 provides the ultimate flexibility as a rescue and wildland helmet." UK firefighting and ambulance market Thomas Heinlein, head of BU Industrial Safety and Firefighting at SCHUBERTH added: “For us, Venari is the most exciting company in the British emergency services supplier market, so we are naturally delighted to have agreed on this truly exciting partnership with them.” “Our global reputation for high quality means we can only partner with highly efficient and passionate distributors in their specialist fields. Venari’s team have proven their efficiency and passion over countless years in the UK fire market and we’re excited to work with them in the UK firefighting and ambulance market with our F300.”
The UK’s largest event for the emergency services, The Emergency Services Show (#ESS2018), has reported record growth in attendance for 2018. The free-to-visit event took place at the NEC, Birmingham on 19 and 20 September and attracted a total of 8,348 visitors and buyers, representing a record ten percent increase on its previous highest attendance in 2017. Over 2,500 of the show’s visitors attended the programme of 90 CPD seminars running in four theatres. Among the most popular sessions were: Against All Odds – the Cave Rescue in Thailand in Lessons Learnt and Interoperability, Digital Transformation and the Connected Responder, a walk-through seminar in the Technology programme. Session on mental health in emergency services Among the most popular session in the Health and Wellbeing Theatre was Better Mental Health in the Emergency Services Dr Owen Jackson, of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat at the Cabinet Office delivered the well-attended keynote in the Collaboration Theatre Global Britain: The UK’s International Civil Protection Priorities and the Role of Resilience Practitioners. Among the most popular session in the Health and Wellbeing Theatre was Better Mental Health in the Emergency Services, given by Mind Blue Light as well as sessions on PTSD, an issue which has seen heightened awareness thanks to the success of the BBC drama The Bodyguard. “Among the strongest new trends at this year’s show have been the growing importance of collaboration between services regionally, nationally and internationally and the emergence of technology as a key enabler of enhanced efficiency and effectiveness in operations,” said event director David Brown. “New launches from Excelerate Technology, Primetech, PCE and many others demonstrated the exciting future role for connected vehicles among our emergency services.” Experiencing the best of emergency services Exhibitors remarked on the volume of traffic to their stands, and the quality of the visitors, while visitors commented on the value they got from a day at the show in terms of product knowledge, learning and networking. Oliver North, Managing Director, Rosenbauer UK said: “The show has been fantastic. The footfall on the first day was absolutely manic. From start to finish we were speaking to existing and future customers non-stop.” You can expect the very best of the emergency services, the best kit, the most experienced people to tell you the truth"“It is a really great show. You can expect the very best of the emergency services, the best kit, the most experienced people to tell you the truth, the nitty gritty, everyone is very open and honest and it is a great chance to learn from each other. That’s the biggest take away for me – the opportunity to reflect and learn with everyone,” said Helen Turner, Resilience Planning and Business Continuity Co-ordinator, British Transport Police. Best show in terms of customers “This is the eleventh show we have done and probably the best we have ever had in terms of the quality of the customers - and the interest has been absolutely phenomenal,” said Julian Williams, Strategic Business Development Director, Steroplast Healthcare. “I have to say that this year has been exceptional. The number of people coming past the stand, the right sort of people for us to talk to has just been remarkable. We’ve had a superb show. It is a real working environment and a superb forum for recognising that you are part of something much bigger,” said Jon Hall, Managing Director, Resilience Advisors Network. Featuring over 450 exhibiting companies You have created a truly unique platform where the helpers, doers and solution-creators meet to make sure there is a safer future for all" Resilience Advisor Rut Erdelyi, who presented an excellent session on psychological support for call handlers in the International Collaboration Forum, thanked The Emergency Services Show on Twitter saying: “You have created a truly unique platform where the helpers, doers and solution-creators meet to make sure there is a safer future for all.” The indoor and outdoor exhibition featured over 450 exhibiting companies including leading names in vehicles and fleet, communications, technology, medical equipment and supplies, firefighting equipment, search and rescue, extrication, water rescue, first response, protective clothing and uniforms, vehicle equipment, training, community safety and station facilities. Over 90 companies and organisations were exhibiting at the Show for the first time, ensuring there was plenty new to discover for regular visitors.